ASPIRIN FOR THE ELDERLY: GOOD (Heart protection) OR BAD (Bleeding risks)?

Low dose aspirin therapy refers to the routine or daily use of aspirin low dose tablets which usually comes in 75mg or 81mg tablet strength.

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GOOD: Low dose Aspirin therapy can prevent a heart attack as it interferes with blood clotting action. A blood clot can form, prevent blood flow to the heart, and cause a heart attack. This benefit is great for the elderly as age is the strongest predictor of cardiovascular risk.

BAD: Older age is also a strong risk factor for bleeding from aspirin use. Low dose aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding in the gut and brain according to Epidemiologist Mark R. Nelson, PhD, of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. This is a risk to be weighed.

Low dose aspirin therapy refers to the routine or daily use of aspirin low dose tablets which usually comes in 75mg or 81mg tablet strength.

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Each person has an individual threshold for how much aspirin it would take to result in harmful bleeding.

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A man older than 50 or a woman older than 60 is at high risk of a cardiovascular disease and one who has had a heart attack or stroke, will likely be placed on daily low dose aspirin tablets, unless there is a serious allergy which can include asthma caused by aspirin or a history of bleeding (bleeding or clotting disorder, bleeding stomach ulcers).This is usually of great benefit to the elderly.

Each person has an individual threshold for how much aspirin it would take to result in harmful bleeding.

Note: Stopping daily aspirin therapy can have a rebound effect that may increase your risk of heart attack, it is important to talk to your doctor before making any changes.

SUDDENLY STOPPING DAILY ASPIRIN THERAPY COULD HAVE A REBOUND EFFECT THAT MAY TRIGGER A BLOOD CLOT AND CAUSE A LIFE THREATENING HEART ATTACK.

 

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